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A Caribbean Mystery

(Miss Marple #9)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  31,047 ratings  ·  1,707 reviews
There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly.

Nephew Raymond West has given his favourite aunt a vacation at a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. While there she encounters an old wind-bag. One of his stories is about meeting a murderer. He has a snapshot. Suddenly he hesi
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Signet (first published November 16th 1964)
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, I have read mysteries in between other books as a palette cleanser. Rather than go into a reading slump, I read a fast paced crime or detective story to clear my head. There is no detective writer I enjoy more than the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. I joined the Goodreads group reading the detectives when I found out that they would be reading one Miss Marple case a month for a year. Although I had been a fan of Hercule Poiro ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), original publication year 1964

Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Mr. Rafiel

Abstract: Miss Jane Marple, at the insistence of her nephew, relaxes at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from quiet St. Mary Mead, until the apparently natural death of fellow guest Major Palgrave.

Miss Marple is disturbed because the previous evening he was in good health, and almost showed her "a snapshot of a murd
Henry Avila
Jane Marple is very grateful to her loving nephew Raymond West, a popular novelist and rich man, who paid for his aunt's vacation (she recently recovered from an illness ) . The tropics on an island in the Caribbean Sea, doesn't sound like a place Miss Marple would feel comfortable in, she is from rainy, cold, with just a little bit of snow, the quiet St. Mary Mead England. An out of the way village , where nothing ever happens, that is what everyone believes ... Warm weather a beautiful golden ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Marple
One's time period can be such a bother, don't you think? Or, in some cases, very inspiring.

I, for instance, never thought I'd see the time when a Cheeto could become president. I mean, president of the Frito-Lay Corporation, sure. But an elected position? A victory for processed foods! Out with the vegetable gardens, in with the snack machines!

Wait, not that kind of orange finger food?


Oh, well... nevermind. Back to what I was saying about inspiration. I mean, hey--I'm in my forties. I act
3.5 stars

The magical Miss Marple does it again!
Only this time she does it on a tropical vacation.


Unlike quite a few of the Marple mysteries, this one features everyone's favorite little old spinster. I personally just love the way her inner mind works. So proper and sweet...but not really.


The cast of characters was great, too.
You have a whole slew of people on the island who range from (supposedly) lovely to (supposedly) despicable and you can't wait to see who's going to end up getting killed
Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is not the audiobook of the novel, it is an abridged dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple. Whilst I cannot imagine her as Miss Marple in a TV version, she is too, well I don't know but she's too something. That said her voice is excellent and so are these BBC dramatisations.
Well adapted, but obviously quite abridged, this is an enjoyable listen especially when decorating
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christie
Agatha Christie's sleuth,Miss Marple suffers from rheumatism and her nephew arranges a trip to the Caribbean islands for her.

As Miss Marple basks in the Caribbean sunshine,she feels mildly discontended that nothing ever happens in paradise.

But soon,her complaint is rectified.An old major wants to show her the photograph of a murderer,and soon,he is himself dead.

Later,there is another murder.If that were not enough,Miss Marple,that loveable old hen,finds herself in danger.

Christie's humour,which
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery sees Miss Marple relocated from her usual setting, of villages and vicarages, and deposited on a Caribbean holiday by nephew Raymond. The preceding winter had seen Miss Marple suffering from pneumonia and, with sunshine advised to aid her recovery, she is treated to a stay at the Golden Palm Hotel in St Honore, Trinidad. The hotel has been taking over by a young couple, Molly and Tim Kendal, who are keen to keep returning guests happy and ‘make a go’ of it.

Among the guests are the
A lovely mystery that started slow and then took some surprising twists and turns near the end.
Simona B
“She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation.”

It fell rather flat in comparison to other Christie's works, but 1) you can't really blame Miss Marple for not being Hercule Poirot and 2) you can't really blame anyone for not being Hercule Poirot. They try, they do, but it's not their fault if they fail. The same goes for the characters/suspects. I don't know, it's as if Miss Marple makes everything duller, and Poirot everything shinier. I can't help feeling this difference an
Christine PNW
I read this one for the "overseas travel" square because it gets Miss Marple out of St. Mary's Mead on a long vacation to the sunny climes of the West Indies. As is often the case with Christie, the reader must, rather uncomfortably, wade through some casual racism/colonialism/sexism to enjoy the mystery.

I don't think that this is one of Christie's best, though. Her mysteries often rely strongly on coincidence, but this one takes the use of coincidence to a whole new level of ridiculously unbel
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Love Agatha! Miss Marple, yay! Since she's not at home, she has to work harder to be taken seriously. This time, for once, I thought I had the murderer figured out. Nope, wrong again.

Reread... Just got one question; how did she get rich nephews who buy her Caribbean vacations? (Jealous me)😎
Nandakishore Varma
Again, a fantastic literary sleight of hand where the clues are paraded before one's eyes - yet that one crucial piece of misdirection fools one till the end. ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It's all very well to talk like that,” said Mr. Rafiel. “We, you say? What do you think I can do about it? I can't even walk without help. How can you and I set about preventing a murder? You're about a hundred and I'm a broken-up old crock.”

Humour is probably not something people associate with Agatha Christie but she did have plenty of it, and used it usually when portraying silly and arrogant people. A Caribbean Mystery sees our lovely Ms Marple in the West Indies, where nothing seems to ha
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her holiday at a resort in the Carribean islands. There she meets so many strange characters, and befreinds them. Majlr Palgrave one day tells the story of a murderer who had gotten away with murder so many times. He asks if Marple wants to see a picture of the murderer which he carries in his wallet? Then suddenly he changes the topic as many people walk near them. The next day he is found dead in his room, his wallet doesn't hold the promised picture either
This was my cozy mystery option for #ReadHarder2019 and it probably isn‘t the best Miss Marple mystery. I wanted to read one where Marple was on vacation and while it was nice for the setting to be the West Indies, the mystery was a little lacklustre and implausible.
Stephanie Anze
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"If anybody had been there to observe the gentle-looking elderly lady who stood meditatively on the loggia outside her bungalow, they would have thought she had nothing more on her mind than deliberation on how to arrange her time that day.
But that gentle old lady was deliberating quite other matters. She was in a militant mood."

Miss Jane Marple is visiting the Golden Palm resort on the St Honore Island of the Caribbean. Being concerned for her health, her nephew Raymond paid for his aunt to spe
I was sick this week, so it was a good job I was given a pack of Miss Marples for Christmas. They made for the perfect sick books. None of them were amazing, they were late Miss Marple, but they all had a mystery my addled fog brain couldn’t get and I continue to love Miss Marple as a symbol of women who are overlooked and underrated on the basis of appearance, age and stereotypes. I do have to mention that this particular one has some racist remarks made by a few characters about the black resi ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with Agatha Christie and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick easy read and the mystery kept me guessing until the final reveal. Will pick up another of her books soon, perfect size and length to fit in my handbag anywhere :)
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In fact, 3.5 stars. I read this book in my mother language (Portuguese). I didn't love it, but I found this book just OK. ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Books like this prove why Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime. An excellent whodunit with a convoluted plot and several surprises.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Book 9 in the Miss Marple Challenge. Old Major Palgrave liked to regale others with stories of his past―his time in Kenya, India, experience with a tiger, and one which he knew of through an acquaintance, of a murderer. His listeners unfortunately didn’t find his tales quite so interesting as he did himself and one listener in particular, a fellow guest at a hotel in the Caribbean was lost in her own thoughts while hearing what the Major said only in fits and snatches. And when he was about to s ...more
Jack Heath
4 Stars. A delightful cozy up there with a surreptitious vacation in the sun. Miss Marple's nephew Raymond West has purchased a vacation for her to St. Honore in the West Indies. Did you bring your knitting? Christie based this illusive location on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, one she had visited, Barbados. Along with Miss Marple, we bask in the warmth of the locale and the locals. She is patiently listening to a new acquaintance, Major Palgrave who, in one of his many alcohol ...more
Bruce Beckham
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I rather suspect that Agatha Christie – aged in her mid-seventies – took a holiday at the Colony Club, Barbados – and from the anonymity of her deckchair secretly wrote the plot for A Caribbean Mystery (1964), through the watchful eyes of her alter ego, Miss Marple.

It’s not the strongest of her novels – and perhaps lacks the depth and texture of her classics, which are set in more familiar surroundings and society. But nonetheless – it tricks you with all her customary guile. I must remember – w
Amanda Bannister
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For once I managed to get the murderer correct 😊
Dave Schaafsma
Well, my main response to this is: Two more Miss Marples to go! But really, that's a bit harsh, as I do think this is as good as many, though, written in Christie's mid seventies, is lighter than most. Marple's nephew sends her to the West Indies where she listens to an old blowhard, Major Palgrave, tell stories. and who shows her a picture of a murderer. The next day he is dead and the photo is gone. And you of ocurse very likely will not be able to figure it out, but if you go back when you ar ...more
Kim Kaso
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And another Agatha Christie done for my quest to read (& reread) all of her books. I saw the Mystery! production within the last year or two. This one was a little "fish out of water" for Miss M, sent on a Caribbean vacation by her nephew. It took her a bit to get her feet under her, she had so many strangers to sort out among her fellow guests and the owners and staff of the hotel. No supporting cast from her beloved St. Mary's Mead, no one who knows she has a razor sharp mind when it comes to ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A typical Agatha Christie mystery - a light, fun read but definitely following a very familiar formula. The fun is in guessing which of the characters is not who they seem to be because that will be your murderer. And the author likes to lead you astray with 'red herrings'! Miss Marple is always a delightful detective and I always enjoy the means she uses to get her own way. ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
A lovely easy read (or in my case listen) with just enough red herrings and complications to make it enjoyable.

Miss Marple is on holiday in the West Indies, where a seemingly innocuous conversation with another holiday guest leads to his murder.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely murder mystery, old people rule.
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